Legal Experts in Schools is the Young Citizens' flagship volunteering programme for legal professionals.

It partners law firms, in-house legal teams and barrister chambers with local schools to increase young people’s understanding of the law. (If you are interested in getting involved as an individual, you can find out about our volunteer opportunities here.)

Over six, one-hour sessions legal professionals volunteer in the classroom to facilitate debate and discussion among a small group of 5/6 students aged 14-17. The volunteers use engaging and interactive resources, created by education experts at Young Citizens, to examine some of the most topical areas of the law, such as human rights and the laws surrounding social media.

Legal Experts in Schools is a corporate employee volunteering programme that utilises the unique skillset and experience of legal professionals to positively impact young people. To find out more about how your business can take part please contact our Partnerships Manager, Therri Tait.

“I recommend getting involved because it has taught me old and new laws. It's a great way to learn about the law before you step into the real world.” Student, Platanos College

“It’s great to get out of the office and talk to other people in the company, and really engage with the kids, who actually want to be involved in a debate and have discussions. My experience has been amazing, and it has developed my skills in facilitation, communication and time-management; skills which I don’t always get to use in the company.” Volunteer lawyer, Centrica Energy.

Last year, 96% of the young people who benefitted from the Legal Experts in Schools experience stated they had a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities.